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Roland Offers DJ-808 / Serato Promotion

Roland is currently running an exclusive promotion where any U.S. customer who purchases the flagship Roland DJ-808 will receive a limited edition, TR-808 Serato vinyl pressing, a highly collectible double-pack release featuring 808 beats from legends Just Blaze, Marley Marl, Machinedrum, Egyptian Lover, DJ Qbert, Salva, and more.

This stunning three-color vinyl includes 15 rhythm tracks and four locked grooves on one side, and control tone on the flip for use with Serato’s Digital Vinyl System (DVS). Serato’s DJ Pro DVS Expansion Pack is also included at no charge with the vinyl, extending a $150 value to all Roland customers who purchase DJ-808s during the exclusive promotional period.

With its phono inputs, standalone mixer capability, and pro-grade crossfader, the DJ-808 is perfectly suited for use with the TR-808 pressing either playing the 808 rhythm tracks or using the control tone to manipulate music in a Serato library. Personally created beats can be added with the DJ-808’s TR-909/ 808 / 707 / 606 hardware drum machine to maximize the performance potential connection to Roland’s rhythm legacy.

Visit the Roland website to fill out the DJ-808/Serato redemption form. This offer is good on new products purchased through September 30, 2018, through an authorized Roland U.S. dealer.

Tracktion Software Offers T7 DAW for Free

Tracktion Software is offering its T7 DAW for free. To get yours now, all you need to do is fill out a form on the Tracktion website. TheT7 DAW is compatible with Mac, Windows, or Linux operating systems.

This is no ‘Lite’ version, we do not impose track limits, plugin limitations, or other such constraints commonly found in other low cost offerings. Why? – we think you will enjoy using the app so much, you will discover the value in investing in our latest versions and the expanded features we are voraciously adding. Innovation and creativity is what drives us – join the ride today and download T7 for Mac, Windows, or Linux operating systems.

System Requirements:


  • macOS 10.9 or later
  • Intel Core i5 2GHz Processor
  • 4GB RAM (8GB is recommended)


  • Windows 7,8,10
  • Intel Core i5 2GHz Processor
  • 4GB RAM (8GB recommended)


  • Tested on Ubuntu 16.04
  • Intel Core i5 2GHz Processor
  • 4GB RAM (8GB recommended)

Like all Tracktion DAW applications, T7 features an intuitive, single-screen interface, input, waveform and mixer – including EQ, level, pan, and plugins – are laid out from left-to-right. Simply drag-and-drop additional features and automation on any track as needed. Unlimited numbers of audio and MIDI tracks, combined with a professional feature set, allow you to compose, record, edit, mix and share your music with ease.

Zoom has Summer Rebates

Zoom has Summer Rebates that are going on now and will end on August 20, 2018. You can save up to $100 rebate on many best-selling Zoom products.

The Summer Rebates include:

  • H1n: Regular price $119.99 – Rebate $20.00 – Price after instant rebate $99.99
  • H5: Regular price $269.99 – Rebate $20.00 – Price after instant rebate $249.99
  • H6: Regular price $349.99 – Rebate $50.00 – Price after instant rebate $299.99
  • L-12: Regular price $599.99 – Rebate $100.00 – Price after instant rebate $499.99

There are some things to know about before you start shopping. The H1n rebate offer is valid in the US, only. The H1n is available through participating, authorized, Zoom dealers.

The rest of the products that are part of the Zoom Summer Rebates are valid in the US and Canada. Zoom says Canadian residents should contact their authorized Zoom retailer for prices. The Zoom website has a link that can show you where to buy the products that are part of the Summer Rebates.

H1n Handy Recorder features include:

  • 1.25” monochrome LCD display
  • Built-in stereo condenser microphones in 90” X/Y stereo format
  • Stereo 1/8” Mic/Line In mini phone jack
  • Stereo 1/8” Phone/Line Output jack with dedicated volume control
  • Supports up to 24-bit/96kHz audio in BWF-compliant WAV or a variety of MP3 formats
  • Records directly to SD and SDHC cards up to 32 GB
  • Loop playback with user-defined start and stop points
  • Micro USB port for data exchange to and from computer and use as audio interface.

H5 Handy Recorder features include:

  • Uses a system of interchangeable input capsules that can be swapped out as easily as the lens of a camera
  • Includes detachable X/Y capsule (XYH-5) with extended signal capacity and shockmounted mics for reduced handling noise
  • Compatible with all Zoom input capsules
  • Four-track simultaneous recording
  • Records directly to SD and SDHC cards up to 32 GB
  • Up to 2 24-bit/9g kHz audio in BWF-compliant WAV or a variety of MP3 formats

H6 Handy Recorder features include:

  • Interchangeable input capsules that can be swapped out as easily as the lens of a camera
  • Six-track simultaneous recording
  • Four mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors
  • Gain controls, -20 dB pads, and phantom power for each input
  • Large full-color LCD display, angled so its easy to read in all environments
  • Records directly to SD, SDHC, and SDXC cards up to 128 GB
  • Up to 24-bit/96 kHz audio in BWF-compliant WAV or a variety of MP3 formats
  • Built-in effects, including low-cut filtering, compression and limiting

L-12 features include:

  • 12 discrete channels (8 mono plus 2 stereo) with XLR or ¼-inch connectivity
  • 14-track simultaneous recording, 12-track playback
  • 14-in/4-out USB audio interface connectivity
  • 5 powered headphone outputs, each with a customizable mix
  • Record to an SD card and computer simultaneously

Diety Microphones Introduces the S-Mic 2

Deity Microphones introduced the S-Mic 2 shotgun microphone. The new S-Mic 2 has remarkably ultra low off-axis coloration. With it, you have nothing to worry about if an audio source moves slightly in and out of axis with the S-Mic 2. Even a novice boom operator can pick up rich full sounds on a film set with this shotgun microphone.

The construction of the mic body is computer machined from solid brass inside and out. No plastic is used anywhere in the construction to hold it together or mount the PCB unlike other microphones that sell for similar prices.

The S-Mic 2 uses a high-end capsule, computer designed circuitry, and features a gold coated PCB (printed circuit board). The PCB is also sprayed and coated with a clear epoxy which allows the microphone to preform without issues even in the most humid environments. This coating gives the microphone a water resistance level that allows it to work in the rain without being damaged.

The body of the microphone has been sprayed with a black speckle paint to give it an ultra durable finish, so it looks professional in front of clients for years of ownership and makes it less reflective on set.

The S-Mic 2 features a super cardioid polar pattern, offering -18dB off axis reject.

The S-Mic 2 has an ultra low noise floor at 12dB (A-weighted), 24dB (CCIR 268-3). Combined with its anti-RF interface build, the S-Mic 2 is able to be boosted with gain with a lot less background noise than some microphones on the market.

Sennheiser will Introduce Memory Mic for Smartphones at IBC 2018

Sennheiser will introduce the wireless Memory Mic for smartphones at IBC 2018. The Memory Mic is an absolute must-have for mobile journalists. This small, lightweight wireless microphone not only offers excellent, broadcast-quality sound, but also works at any distance from the smartphone. The mic and the accompanying app for Android and Apple are available now.

Senior Project Manager, Professional Audio at Sennheiser, Tobias von Allwoerden, said: “The benefits for the mobile journalist include audio pick-up in broadcast quality via the free Sennheiser app, one-touch synchronization of audio and video via Bluetooth, no issues at all with range, up to four hours of operating time and convenient recharging via USB.”

The Memory Mic is simply synchronized with the smartphone app and attached to the clothing via the magnetic clip. The 30g microphone replaces much heavier equipment while still allowing the journalist to deliver excellent audio quality for the job at hand.

When recording with the Memory Mic, the integrated microphone of the smartphone is also active and works to concurrently pick up the ambient sound. Using the dedicated audio mixer of the Memory Mic App, the user is able to select the optimum balance between ambience and the audio captured with the Memory Mic at a later point in time.

As the wireless Memory Mic does not occupy any input on the smartphone, journalists can still employ additional accessories such as a gimbal or connect an additional wired microphone for interviews.

The Memory Mic features a high-quality Sennheiser condenser capsule with omni-directional pick-up pattern. The omni characteristic is particularly resistant to wind noise and very forgiving if a speaker changes the angle and/or distance at which he or she is talking to the microphone.

The Memory Mic is available now and comes with a USB charging cable and a quick guide; the free Sennheiser app is available in the Apple App Store or from Google Play. For outdoor recordings in windy conditions, a windshield will soon be available.

Taylor Guitars has a Summer Song Giveaway

Taylor Guitars has a Summer Song Giveaway where you could win a brand-new Taylor 814ce DLX Grand Auditorium guitar. You must enter by August 31, 2018, to win.

One (1) winner from the USA or Canada, and one (1) winner from France, Germany, the Netherlands, or the United Kingdom, will each receive a V-Class 814ce DLX acoustic-electric guitar, an approximate retail value of $3,999.99 (€3,429.49).

Taylor Guitars’ 800 Series Grand Auditorium has long been one of Taylor Guitars’ most popular models, and the 814ce DLX only adds to that guitar’s legacy. A solid set of East Indian rosewood for the back and sides produces a warm, powerful low end and scooped mids for a delightfully rich sound, while a solid Sitka spruce top adds high-end clarity and sparkle.

The guitar’s finely textured sound reveries a boost from V-Class bracing, a new Taylor innovation that expands the capabilities of the 814ce DLX by adding sustain and volume to this already-powerful guitar. The new bracing design couples beautifully with the natural sonic hues of rosewood and spruce, enhancing these tonewoods’ natural shimmer and overtonal bloom. V-Class bracing also neutralizes the disorderly vibrations that lead to poor intonation, making this a more musical instrument all around.

To enter the Taylor Guitars Summer Song Giveaway, you need to fill out the entry form on the Taylor Guitars website. The latest version of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari browser is required.) The form asks for your email address, your country, and asks if you are a guitar owner.

Audified Released MixChecker Pro

Audified has released MixChecker Pro, and answered some questions they received about the release. MixChecker Pro will be available in parallel with the original MixChecker.

Now you may upgrade from the standard to the Pro version spending only a fraction of the full price.

If you have purchased MixChecker from our resellers, they have the records about your purchase and they should offer the discounted upgrade.

Audified has additional information for those who purchased MixChecker from Audified, explaining that you don’t need an Audifed account, and clarifying that at checkout you must fill in the name, email address and other credentials the same way as you did with the original MixChecker.

MixChecker Pro is not a new version of MixChecker. Instead, MixChecker Pro is a more advanced and featured packed product.

The MixChecker Pro interface has the same elegance and ease of use as the original MixChecker. In addition, it has new things including:

  • New simulations: All characteristics are newly measured, the processing engine is completely different with lower latency and better phase linearity. No simple impulse responses inside.
  • Create sets of simulations: Drag the selected simulations in any order to the MixChecker buttons. Save your selection to several “Button sets” together with stereo base width and volume level for each button.
  • Custom settings and labels for buttons: The MixChecker buttons have several adjustable parameters. You may even assign one simulated device to several buttons, each with different settings. To distinguish between them, there could be a custom label placed over each button.
  • Distortion: We are experts in exact modeling distortions and saturations, either of speakers or of amps, preamps and other circuits. We used this experience and we added modeling of these distortions to MixChecker Pro.
  • Web browser, iOS and Android remote control: MixChecker Pro comes accompanied by web browser, mobile phone, or tablet control. Remote Control is in beta stage now and the iOS version will be available a few days after approval.
  • Auto Advance: You don’t need to browse through simulations manually. The adjustable auto advance function does it for you.

Steinberg has a Special Upgrade Offer on Cubase Pro 9.5

Steinberg is offering a Special Upgrade Offer on Cubase Pro 9.5 and Cubase Artist 9.5. The offer started on August 1, 2018, and ends on August 31, 2018. The upgrade offer is exclusively available through the Steinberg Online Shop.

Upgrade to Cubase Pro 9.5 or Cubase Artist 9.5 and get 40% off!

From August 1 to August 31, you have the opportunity to upgrade your copy of Cubase to Cubase Pro 9.5 or Cubase Artist 9.5 – now at an exceptional price.

Cubase Pro 9.5 and Cubase Artist 9.5 not only offer new creative tools, streamlined workflows and stunning new plug-ins, the latest generation of Cubase also introduces loads of features, which you won’t want to miss in future music productions. Just pick the Cubase version that suits you best and experience the most complete DAW we’ve ever made!

To be eligible for price-reduced upgrades, you must own one of the following products: Cubase Artist 6/6.5/7/7.5/8/8.5/9/9.5, Cubase Elements/AI/LE/Essential/Studio/SX/SL or Sequel. The updates and versions of Cubase Pro 9.5 and Cubase Artist 9.5 are excluded from this special upgrade offer.

Can’t decide between Cubase Pro 9.5 and Cubase Artist 9.5? Steinberg has some information that can help you figure out which one is best for you.

Reasons to upgrade from Cubase Artist to Cubase Pro 9.5:

  • Unlimited audio, instrument and MIDI tracks, 256 physical inputs, 5.1 surround
  • Adds 20 high-quality effect processors to your mixing arsenal
  • VariAudio 2.0 for MIDI-style note editing of monophonic vocal lines and harmonizer capabilities
  • Control Room section with cue mixes and talkback
  • Professional music notation and score printing features

Reasons to upgrade from Cubase Elements/LE/AI/Essential/Studio/SX/SL to Cubase Pro 9.5:

  • Unlimited audio, instrument and MIDI tracks, 256 physical inputs, 5.1 surround
  • Adds 25 audio and 18 MIDI effect processors and 5 acclaimed instruments to your creative arsenal
  • VCA faders for complex automation workflows, Track Versions, lane comping take management system and Track Edit Groups
  • VariAudio 2.0 for MIDI-style note editing of monophonic vocal lines and harmonizer capabilities
  • Professional music notation and score printing features

Haunted Labs Introduced Paranormal Fuzz V2

Haunted Labs has introduced their Paranormal Fuzz V2 pedal. It is a high-gain filtered silicon fuzz with an unworldly ability to release smooth low-end tones.

The Paranormal Fuzz V2 brings everything you knew and loved about the original but holds a cleaner (and much quieter) circuit design – packed with more gain than you will ever need. The updated Paranormal Fuzz has the same three knobs on the front as the original – Volume, Filter, and Fuzz. The updated construction in the Paranormal Fuzz V2 means: better tone, durability, and most importantly – more hauntings.

The Paranormal Fuzz V2 is a great choice if you prefer to play stoner rock or shoegaze music, and need a versatile fuzz pedal to create loud wall-of-sound tones. However, the pedal can also work very interestingly with electronic music!


  • Three knobs: Volume, Filter and Fuzz
  • Engineered and manufactured in the USA
  • Manufactured with the highest quality components
  • Dimensions are 4.43” L x 2.65” W x 1.95” H
  • Current draw is -5mA
  • 9V standard DC operation (power supply not included) – no battery compartment
  • True bypass switching

Canon Introduced PowerShot SX740 HS Digital Camera

Cannon introduced the PowerShot SX 740 HS digital camera. It has a 40x Optical Zoom Lens (equivalent to 24-960mm), a 20.3 Megapixel CMOS imaging sensor and 4K video capabilities, which is a first in the PowerShot series.

Capture precious moments on the go with the PowerShot SX740 HS digital camera. The superb 40x Optical Zoom can make faraway subjects seem close, with the Optical Stabilizer helping to ensure sharp and steady results.

For special, scenic memories, dive into the immersive world of 4K video recording for cinematic movies at nearly four times the resolution of Full HD. You can also flex your creativity with fun options like the 4K Time-lapse Movies, Food Mode and more.

Combining incredible zoom power with 4K capabilities and a variety of inspiring features, the pocket-friendly PowerShot SX740 HS is ready to accompany you on your next event.

Featuring a DIGIC 8 Image Processor, dual-sensing stabilization, automatic image transfer, feature assistant, and a 3.0-inch LCD screen that rotates 180 degrees, the PowerShot SX740 HS helps make transitioning away from smartphone photography fun and easy.

The PowerShot SX740 HS will be available for purchase in late August.